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Philip Alimo

African soccer handicapper

Sports diplomat, business consultant and freelance sports journalist

Where : Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaoundé, Cameroun

When : Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 2pm ET

Egypt to win odds : -1.25

The tie odds : +5.25

Sudan to win odds: +17.00

This matchup has been predominantly one-sided with the Egyptians showing superiority against Sudan in recent meetings. With the African Cup of Nations group stages coming to an end, this match is a must-win for both sides if they intend on reaching the knockout stage.

The Egyptian national team came into this tournament with one of the best performing forwards in world football – Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah. He has been at the heart of everything and is undoubtedly the one to look out for after he scored the goal that secured the win against Equatorial Guinea. Carlos Queiroz will look to solidify qualification against a nation that Egypt has beaten 14 times. Egypt has won three of the last five meetings against Sudan and the last one was a 5-0 victory in the FIFA Arab Cup last month. But Egypt’s form has not been consistent enough in their last 10 matches. They have won five, lost three, and drawn two. They averaged 1.5 goals per game in this stretch - showing they are not doing too badly in terms of output upfront - but they have conceded seven goals. They will be looking for a good performance here to solidify second place.

The Sudanese, on the other hand, have suffered Egypt’s ruthlessness in their encounters and have only won two games from 21 against them. This inexperienced squad will go into the final group game as underdogs and will be hoping to spring a major upset. But they have not been able to win a single one of their last 10 matches due to poor defending which has seen them concede 23 goals.

The last AFCON meeting between these two sides ended in a comfortable 3-0 victory for Egypt during the 2008 edition in Ghana. And despite Egypt not looking their best so far, we expect them to score a couple of goals against a very leaky Sudan defense to seal their place in the knockout stages.

Egypt vs Sudan free pick: Egypt to win to nil

When : Wednesday, January 19, 2pm ET

Where : Stade Omnisport Roumdé Adjia

Nigeria odds : -138

Guinea-Bissau odds : +450

Tie odds : +275

The Super Eagles of Nigeria and Djurtus of Guinea-Bissau meet in the African Cup of Nations for the first time later today. Guinea-Bissau is yet to win a game in their last eight AFCON outings, recording three draws and five losses. Only Benin (14), Mozambique (12) and Namibia (9) have played more games in the AFCON without ever winning a single game. Their opponents have won eleven out of their last thirteen AFCON games and lost only twice.

Nigeria is yet to lose a game in this tournament. They beat seven-time AFCON winners Egypt 1-0 in the first game and then calmly dispatched Sudan by three goals to one to win their second on Saturday. The last time Nigeria won all three games at the group stages of the AFCON was at the 2006 tournament when they finished in third place, so a win here could show they mean business. Guinea-Bissau is yet to score a goal in this year’s AFCON despite attempting a whopping 16 shots, resulting in a 2.21XG in their first two games. Despite the high number of attempts, they drew 0-0 with Sudan and lost 1-0 to Egypt. The Djurtus have failed to score a goal in their last six AFCON games; no country has ever gone seven games without a goal in the history of the tournament.

Nigeria and Union Berlin Striker Taiwo Awoniyi has attempted nine shots in this year’s Africa Cup of Nations, more than twice as many as any other Nigeria player. He has also had 14 touches in the opposition’s box, which is more than any other Nigeria player. The dangerman scored in the Super Eagles’ 3-1 victory against Sudan last Saturday, and we expect him to score today.

Guinea-Bissau vs Nigeria free picks:

- Nigeria to win to nil (+150)

- Taiwo Awoniyi to score anytime

African Cup of Nations winners table

Six of the countries competing at the tournament have won the trophy more than once:

NationWinsMost recent win
Ivory Coast22015

African Cup of Nations 2021 stadiums

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Olembe Stadium

This newly constructed ground in the capital Yaounde, named after long serving Cameroon president Paul Biya, will hold 60,000 fans and will undoubtedly be packed when the hosts open the African Cup of Nations 2021 against Burkina Faso. They will hope Cameroon are back when the venue stages the final a few weeks later.

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